SPORTS DAY: Still a Wayde to go, but Van Niekerk nearly fit

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SPORTS DAY: Still a Wayde to go, but Van Niekerk nearly fit

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ATHLETICS
Wayde edges closer to return
Olympic and world 400m champion Wayde van Niekerk has entered the second week of light track training as he continues to prepare for next season. “He is not going full out at the moment but he is working on the track twice a week,” said coach Ans Botha. “He is flying to Doha again next week for more tests and we will probably know by the end of November or beginning of December how far he is from full recovery and if he is ready to move to the next step of his recovery programme.” Heat could make marathon ‘deadly’ Japanese doctors on Wednesday urged Olympic organisers to start the Tokyo 2020 marathon as early as 5.30am, saying failure to do so could “lead to deaths” from heatstroke.
CRICKET
No excuses for Proteas
The real ODI stuff against Australia may only begin on Sunday in Perth but Proteas batsman Aiden Markram didn’t have an excuse for their four-wicket loss against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on Wednesday. Paceman Jason Behrendorff and leg-spinner Usman Qadir took three wickets apiece as SA was shot out for 173 in 42 overs. “I thought we were a touch rusty and not at the required intensity levels, but we’ll turn it up a notch going into the first ODI. We’re going to have to be on the mark come the first ODI and we have to be at the right intensity levels to deliver the goods.” Sri Lanka bowling coach suspended Former Sri Lanka paceman and bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect on Wednesday after being charged under the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code. The ICC said Zoysa was charged with three counts of breaching the code, including “fixing or contriving” aspects of an international match.
Lehmann reveals mental toll of scandal Former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has revealed he remains emotionally damaged by the SA ball-tampering scandal and continues to have counselling more than seven months after his teary resignation in March. “I don’t think people know how much it affects people behind the scenes, but that’s one of those things that you go through.” SOCCER
Solinas admits his mistakes
Kaizer Chiefs’ recent results have not been unacceptable‚ Amakhosi coach Giovanni Solinas has admitted. Solinas said that injuries had been part of the problem in Chiefs losing form in October from a good month in September‚ but admitted that his own chopping and changing of lineups had played some part too. “We need consistency but also we need to play with the same players more often. Sometimes it’s my decision‚ but sometimes the injuries forced me to change. I don’t want to change for change. The injuries [sometimes] forced me.”
‘Ritchie can’t play left back to save his life’
“Keegan Ritchie could not play left-back to save his life‚” Gavin Hunt has said of a Bidvest Wits player who actually has played left-back for most of his adult life. Hunt has switched Ritchie from left-back to central midfield‚ where the former Moroka Swallows‚ Kaizer Chiefs‚ Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United player has impressed so far partnering Thabang Monare. “He’s been magnificent in midfield. He can’t play left-back to save his life. And that’s maybe why he’s had more clubs than Gary Player.”
World Cup expansion possible for 2022
Fifa president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday that football’s governing body is looking into the possibility of increasing the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup and sharing the hosting rights of an expanded tournament with other nations in the region. “We have to see if it is possible, if it is feasible. We are discussing with our Qatari friends, we are discussing with our many other friends in the region and we hope that this can happen.” Neymar risks prison over Barca move
A Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into alleged irregularities in Neymar’s move to Barcelona in 2013 said the Brazilian superstar could face up to six years in prison. Neymar, his parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting trial over alleged corruption concerning Neymar’s move to the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013.
Wenger vows to return in 2019 Arsene Wenger has promised he will be back in football management at the start of 2019, but the Frenchman does not yet know at which club. Asked when he would be back in management, the former Arsenal boss told Sky Sports on Wednesday: “At the beginning of the year. It will seem odd to go somewhere else but I can’t tell you [where] because I don’t know where I’ll be. I’ll be somewhere – but I don’t know where.”
GOLF
Tshwane Open for Asian Tour?
Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan has confirmed that they are discussing plans with their Asian counterparts to incorporate the Tshwane Open into the Asian Tour calendar next year. This comes after the Tshwane Open lost its European Tour status. “We are looking at a co-sanctioned tour on the Asian Tour and we will have the final decision on the way forward early next year,” said Nathan. MOTOR SPORT
Loeb to steer Peugeot in 2019 Dakar Rally French rally legend Sebastien Loeb will tackle the 2019 Dakar Rally in a Peugeot 3008 buggy, his sponsor Red Bull announced on Wednesday.​
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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